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Old 03-14-2010, 09:12 AM   #1
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Exterior Trim 1 1/2" wide rotted

Hi I was wondering if anyone knows of a good exterior trim? We currently have wood trim, which has rotted. It has fallen out in the back of the house. We have hardiplank and I don't see harditrim in 1 1/2" width, it would probably be too weak. I would like PVC but Lowe's didn't have a good size. Can wood trim be painted to make it rot free? If I bought the same and painted it.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:26 AM   #2
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Try Home Depot. The ones in this area have a pretty good selection of pvc trim. It seems like they carry some sort of "drip cap" or something similar that's about the width you need. Or you may find something with a profile you can use and rip it to the proper width on a table saw. If you have to go with wood and this is a recurring problem, paint ALL sides/ends prior to installation, caulk thoroughly, and re-caulk/paint often. The plastic is your best bet though.....


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I'de use cedar but whatever you use I'de rip about a 5 degree bevel or so on the table saw on the side thats sits againts the house so there is a slight slope so water won't stand which is probaly why that piece rotted in the first place.

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Azek and Versatex are good products. If they don't have what you need at HD, then check out your local lumberyards. (actually I'd suggest just doing that first anyway)
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You seem to be indicating the skirt board. You should be able to acquire a 5/4 x 8" polyboard from your local lumbeyard.
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i think he's pointing to rhe dripcap,which i think is installed right but the fiber cement is in the wrong place,it's sitting on top of the ''hump'' thats milled into the dripcap,that hump should be behind the panel

i may be wrong tho its hard to tell from the pic

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Good calls, "kwickfishron" and "tomstruble". I'd like to see the photo closer (or get better glasses) but it does appear to be a bad install. Regardless of material used, the 5-10 cut is essential. It does not appear that the first run of Hardie-board had a backer either. Removal of the first run of Hardie-board and placing a metal flashing would help a lot, this can be done cosmetically over a new skirt board. And NO--wood cannot be painted to be "rot free" - -PERIOD! David


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